Looking for some Pittsburgh wisdom

I am looking for some ideas of wise Pittbsurgh sayings for t-shirts and other gift items. At Spreadshirt we are setting up a shop, Washable Wisdom, that sells t-shirts, hats, aprons and other items with wise sayings. Last week I was, once again, talking about how great Pittsburgh is, so we want to add a section to the shop for local wisdom. Of course, since Spreadshirt is in Pittsburgh, we will start with Pittsburgh. Does anyone know of any wise sayings that refer to Pittsburgh? Or any quotes of wisdom from famous Pittsburghers? Please share.

Git Aht! – Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while freezing your ya-yas off…)

Quick note: I was busy all morning shoveling and salting the walk here at the luxuriously-appointed World Headquarters of iheartpgh.com so that Lindsay and Natalia wouldn’t soil their Manolo Blahniks when they rolled in sometime this afternoon around 4ish for a good solid hours work, so this had just been the Friday stuff, but now the post has been updated with the Saturday and Sunday highlights dropped in. Read on, MacDuff.

Friday, January 26
Gallery Crawl, 5:30 p.m., Cultural District, Dahntahn
headless_snowman Given the weather, the main thing here (among all of the galleries featuring great work and live music) is the Hot Chocolate and marshmallows that will be available free in the lobby of the Cabaret Theater in Theater Square. The marshmallows are shaped like snowmen, so this is your chance to at least symbolically exact revenge on Winter by biting the heads off first, pretending you’re a giant monster from a 50s Japanese sci-fi flick. Make some sort of “grarrrr!” sound to show the staff at the Cabaret Theater that you mean business, and are not one to be trifled with. This will help you to get that second mug of cocoa much quicker. Git Aht Tipâ„¢: Slipping some butterscotch schnapps into hot chocolate makes it a lot better, especially in the mid-term.

The walk goes all over the Cultural District and you can hit plenty of galleries, with just about every different kind of work available for you to cast eyes upon. Free music abounds, and free Samba and Salsa lessons (the dance, not the condiment) are running every hour at the Bricolage Space. The overall advice? Keep moving, there’s a lot to see, and it’ll keep you warm.

The Povertyneck Hillbillies, 8:00 p.m., Mr. Smalls, Millvale
jcashThey’re kind of a big deal, I think. They get a lot of national notice, they’re homegrown, and even at a known rock joint that has a friggin’ skatepark attached to it, they’re standing room only tonight. Me, I dunno… I like my country music to be old school, about drinkin’, and heartbreak, and drinkin’. Preferably sung by someone who has lived through drug addiction, maybe a heart attack or two, a divorce, and rampant bouts of alcoholism. That’s country music, pardnah. Somebody help me out here – do the PNH do this kind of thing?

Saturday, January 27
Freestyle Motocross, 7:30 p.m., Mellon Civic Arena
fmxYou’ll pay for the whole seat, but you’ll only need the edge! Well, ok, probably not, I mean, the back part of your ass’ll get numb after about 20 minutes, and you’ll wanna lean back with your Coors Light, take a load off so to speak. Go and see motorcycles flying through the air, going sideways, flipping around, and healing the sick.

Not that last one. But the other things, yeah, those’ll be there. What you really want to see is all of the ‘in-the-air’ stunts with names like ‘the superman seat grab’, the ‘back flip’, the ‘rock solid’ and more, most o them taking place 30 or 40 feet above the floor of the arena. According to the site, “New tricks are created each year and it’s all about who gets the BIG AIR – the big tricks and the most audience reaction and respect!”

Hey, it’s got an all caps and an exclamation point, so it must be exciting! Imagine if there were, I dunno, MORE THAN ONE!!! HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!

Hmmm… I dunno, maybe not. Whatever, enjoy the beer.

Steel City Derby Demons, 6:00 p.m., Bladerunners, Harmarville
dresta_kill Pictured, Dresta Kill, the Captain of my favorite team (based solely on team name), The Bitch Doctors. Dresta likes long walks on the beach, kittens, and crushing people that cross her into small puddles of ooze. And I think I’m in love.

Fresh off their City Paper cover story, the Steel City Derby Demons put on an exhibition bout up at Bladerunners in Harmarville. The new “Women’s Flat Track Derby Association” has a real Suicide Girls kinda feel to it, and I dig the whole idea. It’s throwback and the future at the same time, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised that some of the participants will be attending Burning Man later this year, eschewing the bikes out on the desert in favor of rollerskates, although who knows how well that’d work on the playa. But hell, if anybody would soldier on in the face of difficulty, it’s future Mrs Git Aht, Dresta Kill. Dresta, sweetheart, call me. We’ll go out and beat people up some Tuesday night after work and then relax with a beer afterwards, it’ll be fun.

Sunday, January 28
Rembrandt et al, 12:00 p.m., Carnegie Museum Of Art, Oakland
The Carnegie’s got an exhibit of Rembrandt prints running now through February 11th, all etchings spanning three decades that will show the evolution of his style. Works included are Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill, (1639); The Three Trees (1643), and my personal favorite which truly shows the incredible depth of his work, Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves (The Three Crosses) While Dogs Play Poker In The Foreground, 4th state (c. 1660).

The CMOA page says this year marks the 400th anniversary of his birth, and the chronological distance between then and now always begs the question: What would Rembrandt be doing if he were alive today? And the answer, of course, is “clawing at the inside of his coffin”, but that’s nether here nor there.

There are a couple other exhibits going on, including an exhaustive collection of Tiffany Desk sets.

Ok, contain yourselves if you can, have a lie down. They’ve also got an installation piece by Jonathon Borofsky, the same guy that has the “Walking To The Clouds” piece up on the CMU campus. It’s called “Human Structures” and it’s meant to be walked around and through. Well, not literally through because that would reduce it’s value, but you know what I mean. All in all, it sounds like a pleasant way to spend a Winter afternoon.


Got an event planned? Would you like a whole flock of yinzers with disposable income to show up? Let Git Aht know by sending the electronic mail to gitaht@gmail.com.

The PG is looking for your t-shirt stories

I saw this little post on the website for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today. I thought this might be of interest to some of our blog readers. I am not sure if they are only looking for Pittsburgh stories or for stories from all over. I think I might submit my story about myIheartPGH t-shirt. I am looking forward to reading this article when it comes out.

Seeking Your Help: Your favorite T-shirt
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Every favorite T-shirt usually comes a with good story on why it’s so special to you. Maybe you were wearing it when you met your future spouse. Or you got it at the best concert you ever attended. Or it’s from a special reunion. No matter how old or how tattered, you’ll never give it away. We’d like to hear your stories about your favorite T-shirts. Please send your reflections to Virginia Linn at vlinn@post-gazette.com. Include your name, home town and daytime phone number.

Git Aht! – Things To Do This Weekend

(Things to do while letting the officer know exactly how you feel…)

Friday, January 19
The Parlour Boys, 9:30 p.m., Brillobox, Upper Larryville
The Parlour Boys throw a good show, with audience participation, singalong, dancing and boozing. It’s everything I could want in a rock show, except for the part where the Brazilian models rub my neck the entire time I’m enjoying the music. Nice Device and Donora are the openers.

Soulcialism, 10:00 p.m., The White Eagle, Sahsside
soulcialismHeat up the cold winter night by packing your ass into the Eagle with 100 or so of your closest, soul-loving friends. Drinks are cheap, the music’s great, the dancing’s even better, and there ain’t no cover (yes, i now it’s a double negative, which I guess could mean that there is a cover, but you need to stop being so literal and have some fun for a change, fer chrissakes…)

Saturday, January 20
B-Sides: Artist’s Experiments and “Seconds” Sale, 6:00 p.m., Planet Art Gallery, Mt. Lebanon
“Refreshments”. We all know what that means, don’t we? Although, the concept of refreshment is one of those means different things to different people things, so your particular refreshment might not be available. For instance, I think a pint of Martini is fantastic for a summer’s day, although it can make for a truly horrendous summer’s night.

Whatever your thoughts on refreshments, this show’s all about work that the artist feels isn’t up to their standards, but what the hell, it’s already made, so… The Savings Get Passed On To You! Let their mistake become your treasure as these pieces go for up to 60% off of their original prices. Think of it as an “Artist’s Seconds” sale. Paintings, pottery, blown glass, turned wood, fused glass, jewelry, and the proverbial “and more” will be available. Artists represented: Scott Hunter, Joe Sendek, Jason Amstutz, Denise Graham, Birch Frew, Sandy Miller, Karen Howell, and others. It’s all on a first-come, first-serve basis, so if you really want the bargains and best selection, get there when they open Saturday, which is 11 a.m. Yeah, I know, but you can take a nap later. I’m gonna get there early because I want that “Dog’s Playing Poker” painting that has a cat in it for it’s rarity and collector’s value.

A Taste Of Ireland, 7:30 p.m., The Irish Center Of Pittsburgh, Squirrel Hill-ish
bonodrunk You’d think a taste of Ireland would involve whatever it is they do to the Blarney Stone at night after the tourists leave, but no. In this case, it’s all about the beer. Well, for me it is. Guinness all night, live music, and a stunning lack of potatoes. Consider this a warm-up for St. Patrick’s Day… Training camp, if you will. And you will, let’s not kid ourselves.

Sunday, January 21
A Night Of Opulence, 4:00 p.m., Rhythm House Cafe, Bridgeville
A fund raiser for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition, this is your “Drinking For A Cause” event for the weekend. It’s only 15 bucks, and includes hors d’ouevres, a silent auction, and music. There’s also a cash bar, but hey, fund raiser, so you can’t complain. And it wouldn’t hurt to stick around afterwards, because the Jazz starts up in the main room later, where the Pittsburgh Jazz Society puts on its weekly show, this week featuring the Student Jazz Band.


Got an event planned? Would you like a whole flock of yinzers with disposable income to show up? Let Git Aht know by sending the electronic mail to gitaht@gmail.com.